Meret Oppenheim – A surrealist on her own path


She was one of the most unusual artists of the 20th century – Meret Oppenheim.

Born in 1913 in Berlin, she moved to Paris at the age of 18. She got to know the Surrealist circle around André Breton, Marcel Duchamp, Alberto Giacometti, and Max Ernst; let May Ray photograph her naked, oil-smeared body; and became famous at the age of 22 when the New York Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) bought her art piece “Breakfast in Fur”, an “icon of Surrealism”.

More than almost any other artistic personality, Meret Oppenheim spent her life experimenting, searching, and discarding, only to once again tackle something new. She let each individual work emerge anew from primordial creativity, dreams, associations, games, thoughts.

“Freedom is not given to you, you have to take it” was always her leitmotif. The sensual portrait unfurled in this documentary is one of an artist who has remained a role model for generations of women.

 

Genre

Documentary

Director

  • Daniela Schmidt-Langels

Producer

  • Anahita Nazemi

Broadcasters

  • ZDF/Arte
  • SRF
  • RTS
  • AVRO
  • SVT

Length

  • 56 Minutes

Year of Production

  • 2013